1 in 7 Medicare patients suffers from treatment mistakes
According to a report by the Department of Health & Human Services, 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients is the victim of a treatment mistake. Officials estimate that 180,000 patients die a year from these treatment mistakes. The report indicates major causes of treatment mistakes among hospitalized Medicare patients include incorrect medications, excessive post-surgical bleeding and urinary tract infections from catheters.
The Director of the Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division said of the report, “The country is in a patient safety crisis. The only workable solution to preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries is to combine much more patient-protective hospital protocols with much better scrutiny by hospitals of physicians and other health care providers, and to appropriately discipline those whose performance results in preventable patient harm”.
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